Man busted for running meth lab

Daniel Kowalski (Cook County sheriff's office / February 26, 2014)

Acting on a tip, police say they busted a meth lab at a home near LaGrange and arrested a man already on electronic monitoring for running a lab last summer.

Daniel Kowalski, 21, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials and possession of materials needed to produce methamphetamine, all felonies, according to the Cook County sheriff’s office.

Sheriff's officers went to Kowalski's coach house in the 1000 block of 61st Street in unincorporated Cook County near LaGrange around 6:45 p.m. Monday after they received information that Kowalski may be trying to make methamphetamine, the sheriff’s office said.

Inside the home, officers found glass beakers, burners, chemicals, instructional materials for making controlled substances and 12 jars of psychedelic mushrooms, the office said.

In July, Kowalski was placed on electronic monitoring after sheriff’s police found a suspected methamphetamine lab at his home and arrested him, according to the sheriff’s office. 

On Monday, two other men were found inside the home and were later released without charges, the office said.

The Illinois State Police clandestine lab removal team took away the chemicals and lab equipment. Kowalski is scheduled to appear today for a bond hearing at the Bridgeview Courthouse, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kowalski was ordered to home confinement after his arrest last July, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari. 

In the mug shot after his most recent arrest, Kowalski is wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "Los Pollos Hermanos," the name of a restaurant used as a front by a meth dealer in the TV series “Breaking Bad.’’

Sheriff Tom Dart later sent out a tweet saying, "For those asking, Daniel Kowalski was actually wearing a @Los_Pollos_ABQ shirt at the time of arrest."

Ansari added of Kowalski: “He obviously knows something about the show.’’ 

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